An announcement

So we are waiting with bated breath for the prime minister’s announcement later this afternoon.

We’re being given a way out of this mess, with snippets already revealed on news bulletins. It will be slow and steady, I hope, but such a change after these terrible weeks of the third national lockdown when we have all been on rewind, repeat, rewind, repeat for far too long.

The slow trickle of things reopening will be alongside the spring springing. Oh to be outside in warm sunshine, birds chirping, flowers blooming and not stuck indoors or going out for a walk to just wade through mud.

It’s too wonderful to contemplate. I think this glimmer of hope has been keeping us all going. If a little spacecraft called Perseverance can make it to Mars and show us photographic evidence, we sure as hell can make it through this pandemic.

Max Richter’s To The Stars from Ad Astra. Great soundtrack, shame about the film.

So only a few more weeks or months then, perhaps, until things return to a kind of normal. And then it’ll be meeting family and friends in the garden instead of weekly quizzes and themed suppers over the internet.

I’m having my vaccination this Friday.

That’s about it.

Love, Maddie x

By Maddie Grigg

Maddie Grigg is the pen name of former local newspaper editor Margery Hookings. Expect reflections on rural life, community, landscape, underdogs, heritage and folklore. And fun.

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